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#6372589 - 07/17/16 08:34 PM How close is too close
Winchester1894 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/09/16
Posts: 6
On the property I'll be hunting this season I am wanting to hunt over a stock tank but there is a deer feeder about 50 yards away. Do y'all think this is too close? I was looking at the laws on this and it wasn't too helpful. This may be an obvious answer here but want to be sure. Thanks

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#6372598 - 07/17/16 08:51 PM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
Brother Phil Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/07/15
Posts: 128
If there is corn in, or near, the feeder, I would not do it. Most likely, it would not effect doves near the stock tank, however, the issue is bait.

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#6372677 - 07/17/16 10:22 PM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
Astater Offline
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Registered: 06/10/11
Posts: 606
Loc: Forney, TX
Too close. It's a judgement call by the warden from what I understand. If he or she decides the corn is affecting the birds then you're in a pickle. I wouldn't take that chance.
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#6372688 - 07/17/16 10:49 PM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
bentman Offline
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Registered: 01/01/10
Posts: 1175
Loc: tx
I would, your 50yds from a feeder and you are not set up on the feeder. I have a lot of hunters on my place and the game warden checks them every yr. There is a right of way with a feeder about 20yds back in the trees, guys line up the right of way and shoot plenty of birds game warden has never said a word. They are not set up on the feeder. Turn your feeder off a couple of weeks before dove season if you are really worried about getting a ticket.
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#6372691 - 07/17/16 10:52 PM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
bentman Offline
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Registered: 01/01/10
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Loc: tx
I would, your 50yds from a feeder and you are not set up on the feeder. I have a lot of hunters on my place and the game warden checks them every yr. There is a right of way with a feeder about 20yds back in the trees, guys line up the right of way and shoot plenty of birds game warden has never said a word. They are not set up on the feeder. Turn your feeder off a couple of weeks before dove season if you are really worried about getting a ticket.
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#6372732 - 07/18/16 12:19 AM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
texas wetlands Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/08/13
Posts: 238
Just turn the feeder off and be done with it.

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#6373021 - 07/18/16 10:35 AM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
woodduckhunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 04/25/11
Posts: 212
never know. It would make sense for them to set a distance whatever it may be...but then there would be no gray area and they like it like that. The law reads you can't hunt migratory birds that are being influenced by bait. So pass shooting birds in the flight path going to a baited area a mile away is illegal(however in the hell you prove that idk), but hunting birds 100yds from bait that aren't influenced is legal. Once again, not sure how you prove either one. Most all baiting cases that aren't just completely obvious whats going on get thrown out if you contest it. When they "say" your're hunting a baited area and you also have a plug out, lead shot, too many, etc. you get gotted. these bizarre sounding tickets you hear of people getting more often than not get thrown out if you contest it. but most people would just rather pay it and not have to deal with it since it normally isn't that much anyway

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#6373102 - 07/18/16 11:43 AM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
Wacm Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 378
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
We turn ours off when we are in doubt. Unplug the battery and stuff the funnel with a rag. Then go dive hunting

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#6373104 - 07/18/16 11:45 AM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
elephantman Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 03/20/13
Posts: 129
Loc: Cedar Park, Texas
Yeah feels like to much room for interpretation, I'm surprised there's not an exact distance

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#6373204 - 07/18/16 01:04 PM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
DUKFVR Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 129
50 yards will be too close ,especially if a fed shows up.

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#6373281 - 07/18/16 02:10 PM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
Grizz Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 5846
Loc: Granbury, TX
As others have said, it's a judgement call for the GW. We had the same issue last year at the place I leased. The owner talked to the GW in that county and was told as much. He turned the feeder off about three weeks before the season started and scraped up as much corn off of the ground as he could. The GW said if you shoot a bird flying toward an active feeder on your property, it can be presumed the bird was flying to that feeder. Again, each GW has their own interpretation and some are more hard nosed than others. Better to be safe than sorry.
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#6373294 - 07/18/16 02:16 PM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
68A Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 2298
Loc: North Texas
If it's your feeder or you know who's it is then turn it off and cap the funnel with a rag, like was already said. If not, I wouldn't hunt it.

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#6373316 - 07/18/16 02:36 PM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
sallysue Offline
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Registered: 02/21/06
Posts: 2557
Loc: Belton Tx
It all depends on the game warden I had one tell me no hunt on the property if it had a feeder

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#6373334 - 07/18/16 02:44 PM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
Gacman Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 09/30/08
Posts: 1696
Loc: Austin, TX
I don't think that's a big problem very often as long as you're not set up on the feeder. Or the day before you hunt, plug the funnel, remove the battery, and the deer should have cleaned up the ground by the time you hunt.

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#6373413 - 07/18/16 03:31 PM Re: How close is too close [Re: Winchester1894]
woodduckhunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 04/25/11
Posts: 212
what else always bothered me about how this works is that a neighbor could put some out to keep you from hunting your own place.

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